Last time I did a natural hair update was in February this year, so I thought it would be fitting to do another one a few months later since it actually seems that my hair is responding to the TLC I have been giving it since then. I would say that I’ve been in protective styles for the better part of this year, mostly owing to the fact that I have quite honestly been lazy and some days I genuinely can’t be arsed to bother with my hair, and other days I just don’t have the time to care for it like I would want to. Another thing is that Nairobi has been cold for the most part this year, so just having my hair all out and unprotected from the elements (read as Kenyan winter aka the cold season) just didn’t seem realistic to me. And so came the protective styles.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you would know that I can sometimes be a lazy natural who uses the excuse of protective styles to hide her laziness. However, the contradicting thing here is that my hair actually THRIVES from low manipulation. Weird, huh? Like how do you strike a balance between protective styling by braiding (which is what I did), and keeping the edges without seemingly ripping them out due to braiding, while keeping the hair less manipulated AND caring for your hair? Well, what I did was to try and take care of my hair in braids like I normally would if my hair wasn’t in a protective style. I even have a YouTube video on it.
So I’ll share a bit of an update regarding my hair.
Then vs. Now
If you’ve followed me for a while, you’d know that I’ve almost always had major trims of my hair every year since I big chopped for the second time. When I started my hair journey again back in 2013, I didn’t really have major expectations except to kind of grow out the dyed part whilst keeping my hair in braids since I had moved to the UK for school. My hair was pretty much okay, not really taking much into it in terms of length checking and all. What I was most consistent at was cleaning my scalp with a mix of warm water and baking soda and then massaging my scalp with a mix of olive oil, coconut oil and Jamaican black castor oil. Surprisingly, my hair really seemed to love this because by the time I moved back to Nairobi, my hair was THRIVING. My hair was the thickest it had ever been. It was strong and I quite enjoyed styling it.
Fast forward to the end of 2014 and for some reason my hair really started to shed (I was looking for a full time job then), so I guessed that it shed because I was quite stressed by the job search and so I stopped thinking about my hair. I’d also wear it in jumbo twists with extensions and I’m guessing my hair doesn’t take too well to twisting my hair with hair extensions. My hair shed a lot. So much so that by the beginning of 2015, I contemplated cutting my hair so often that I just planned to do it one day and BAM! I did my second big chop and I felt immediately satisfied. Since then, I’ve had major trims on my hair because I still feel like it is not 100% the way it was from 2013/14.
At the present, my hair seems to be doing way better than it has in the last year. It feels stronger, thicker and is growing really fast! I’ve learned that my hair really thrives under low manipulation, my hair LOVES moisture and my scalp loves being frequently oiled to avoid itchiness and feelings of sensitivity. I am currently using the entire range of Marini Naturals products about 95% of the time (if you didn’t know, I am a #NewAndImproved Marini Naturals Brand Ambassador), which my hair has responded really well to. My favourite products are the Daily Spritz and the Growth Oil, followed closely by the Curling Butter which my hair is really enjoying at the moment. I always make sure to spritz my edges everyday and follow up with sealing using the growth oil just to make sure they stay moisturised.
How I Feel About My Hair
I’m currently LOVING my hair! To be honest I haven’t felt this way about it in a really long while so I am happy to report some positive news. I’m trying to be gentle and patient with it so that it can continue to get the TLC it very much deserves. What I keep telling myself and others is that my ultimate aim in my natural hair journey is that I am a healthy hair chaser. I don’t chase length or curl definition much but healthy hair is the way to go for me. I really do hope that I continue to feel like this, obviously with thoughts about contingency plans for lazy/bad hair days like investing in a couple more wigs.
Really hoping that my hair keeps the same energy it has right now for a few more months so I can keep gauging on whether to keep it growing or keep continuing my mini chops in the strive for healthy hair. I’ll keep you guys updated!
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